January 5, 2012
Scientists have found the world’s first hybrid sharks in waters off Australia – a discovery that researchers said could have implications for the whole world.
The predators are a cross between the common blacktip shark and the Australian blacktip shark.
Scientists say interbreeding between the two species is a sign the animals are adapting to warmer waters. They have also warned it could make the sharks stronger.
Dr Jess Morgan, of the University of Queensland, said it was unusual for sharks to breed this way: ‘Sharks physically mate, which is usually a good way to make sure you don’t hybridize with the wrong species.’
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